Everton must join Tottenham in race to sign Championship playmaker

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Tottenham will look to close-in on the top four with a win when they take on Everton at Wembley on Saturday evening.

Everton's injury crisis has eased in recent weeks and Idrissa Gana Gueye's return from a hamstring strain will boost their numbers further.

In the short term, the onus is on manager Sam Allardyce to prove he is the man to take forward such a project.

Since joining the club, former England boss Allardyce has not brought through a youngster of his own, while his only signing of the January transfer window has been Cenk Tosun, now in the peak of his career at 26. Everton made the freaky decision to officially announce the capture of the striker from Besiktas during the interval of their FA Cup tie against Liverpool last Friday, and fans will be hoping that this is not the only remarkable part of the £27m deal which has brought him to English shores.

Everton have mustered only four shots on target in as many games, six less than any other side in the top flight.

Spurs have scored 42 goals in 22 league matches this term, and have a frightening quartet up front who are capable of causing all sorts of problems.

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Goals win games and when it comes to goals, Harry Kane is your man. After no goals or assists in his first 10 league appearances in royal blue, the Iceland midfielder has recorded three goals and two assists in the next 10.

Tottenham come into this game on a five game unbeaten streak. Jermain Defoe achieved the feat between November and December 2004.

The Toffees have lost three successive matches to put a halt to Sam Allardyce's terrific start to life on Merseyside, are winless in five and have only registered two goals in that run without tasting victory.

Their last three fixtures at Wembley all ended in 2-1 defeats in the FA Cup: against Chelsea in the 2009 final, Liverpool in a 2012 semi-final and Manchester United at the same stage in 2016.

His ability to organise a defence and remedy that aspect of a team has never been in doubt; Everton are already seeing the benefit of that, registering more clean sheets in fewer games under Allardyce than the rest of the season combined.

New signing Cenk Tosun scored 38 goals in 71 games for Besiktas since the start of last season.

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